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>>> thousands of homes threatened and camps evacuated as a wildfire near yosemite grows more than 6,000 acres overnight. >>> preparing for the closure of the bay bridge one week away. >>> a man shot after an attempted car burglary. why police are questioning a security guard. >>> good afternoon. i'm tori campbell. the wildfire near yosemite is burning out of control in the stanislaus national forest and has grown significantly overnight and is still threatening thousands of homes. we begin with ken wayne at the command post who just spoke to fire officials. >> reporter: we're at the command post where the firefighting effort is being coordinated. it's like a small city. dozens of vehicles, all kinds of support equipment. what you can't see on camera are tiny flakes falling from the sky. there are ashes, it's like small snowflakes falling from the fire burning all around this camp. here are the latest numbers -- the fire has burned 16,228 acres. it's just 5% contained. there are two c-130s fighting this fire and helicopters and other tankers trying to put this fire out. 858 firefight
danger. live near martinez, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> a massive wildfire near yosemite national park has more than doubled in size and it's getting bigger every hour. it's forced the closure of highway 120 which is the main route linking the bay area to yosemite. >> this fire burned more than 10,000 acres. and that's obviously making it a tough fire for firefighters. we will show you, we just got it in. it shows how powerful the flames are. you could see where the flames skipped across the road. people in cars are trying to scramble out. so far the rim wildfire, as it's called has burned more than two homes and threatening hundreds of others. >> 800 personnel. about eight helicopters. a number of air tankers ordered that were diverted to new fires, which hampered the operations. >> and the fire is not affecting yosemite national park itself. many tourists trying to get there are turning around and going back home. 200 seniors left san francisco's camp maydard yesterday. the vacationers also left the family camp. camp tawanga, a children's summer camp near yosemite, is now closed. a falle
they may be connected to the robberies last week. >>> wildfire continues to inch closer to yosemite. we'll have live coverage from the fire lines. >>> live in hayward, where firefighters snuffed out a house fire. why they couldn't use water when they first arrived? >>> presidentobama hits the road. why he wants to make college more affordable. ktvu channel 2 news continues. >>> and good morning. here's a live look on what's inside what's left a large marijuana grower operation, emergency that led to the discovery. that's coming up in a couple of minutes. i'm troy campbell. >> and let's check weather and traffic. steve is right over there. and back to school, wake up. and 59, go 67. and 72 degrees for hayward, starts back to school today. weather pressure is moving. it's moving out of the area, not before we picked up the coverage on the fog. we cooled down yesterday. there's cooler day aloft. and i don't think it's stuck. decent sea breeze, west wind, there goes our low. it will wrap around, possibility of showers in mendocino and lake county. it's kind of cool and breezy for a few. fog
, the yosemite fire has spread quickly and in just a few days this out of control blaze has become one of the largest wildfires in the country. kron 4's charles clifford is live for with details on how this fire has grown. >> behind me here is an google look at the yosemite park appeared in line >> on monday 10,000 a. had burned. >> on tuesday this is how the fire load and its spread to about 16,000 a.. >> and on wednesday this is how the fire look today it has burned almost 83,000 a.. >> nasa has a scene hundreds of hot spot. >> the fire may be getting into yosemite national park if it is already in the park. live >> there are still in evacuations in place in some areas. >> as of this morning the fire had grown to almost 55=thousand acres. that's up from less than 5=thousand acres on tuesday morning. to give you an idea of the size of the fire, 55=thousand acres equals about 85 square miles. san francisco, by comparison is about 47 square miles. so you could almost fit two san franciscos into the fire still expanding tonight in the stanislaus national forest. happening now. the coun d
yosemite national park. this morning, hundreds of firefighters are battling the rim fire. it's burned now burned more than 6,000 acres in sierra national foothills. at one point, the big flames came dangerously close to the fire command post. ktvu news crew took some dramatic video of the very dangerous situation. >> we have a lot of crews working here. we're trying to put the best plan forward. >> it's a dicey situation right now. >> the fire is dynamic. we have to be ready to go. >> crews set backfires that kept the flames from moving to the command post. the fire has destroyed at least two homes and threatening thousands of others and it's moving closer and closer to yosemite national park. at last check, the fire is just 10 miles an hour. >>> meanwhile, the california's coastal redwood trees are usually resistant to wildfires but not any more. the reason why the iconic trees are at risk. >>> warnings in oakland about two men posing as pg&e workers who robbed two elderly men. the police say the fake workers told the workers they had to check a utility easement and wanted to go in the b
fire. it has shut down highway 120, the main gateway into yosemite national park and it continues to spread through the stanislaus national forest, burning not far from the town of groveland and yosemite national forest. ken wayne joins us now live. he has been going all with fire crews every day. >> reporter: julie and frank, we were stranded here for several hours this afternoon, because the only road leading to this fire camp was blocked by flames. in fact, if you look behind me, you can see a lot of smoke over those trees. the fire is still burning just a few hundred yards from this command post. if there was any doubt about how unpredictable wildfire can be, that was erased this afternoon, when flames almost swept through this command post. fire personnel scrambled as claims moved within a few yards of the fire command center. these workers were told to grab their protective gear and get ready to use it. >> it's a fire shelter? >> yes. >> reporter: fire crews were able to set back fires to keep flames out of the camp. there are 16,228 acres now burned. nine structures have be
to sue texas, saying it discriminates against minority voters. >>> the wildfire burning near yosemite national park has more than tripled in the last day, and the work to put it out is just getting started. ♪ >> there has been international outrage over yesterday's chemical weapons attack in syria. hundreds of residents were killed, victims, they say, of toxic nerve gas. and some first responders in syria died after treating victims. the aledged attack happened in a suburb of damascus. president obama has directed the intelligence community to gather information about the use of chemical weapons in syria. we want to warn you, some of the video we are about to show you is graphic, and we have selected images we thought were appropriate to air. >> reporter: a day after hundreds of syrians including women and children were killed or injured, a search among the dead for missing relatives. more than is 1300 people died after government forces used chemical weapons in a number of areas. an accusation strongly denied by the government. the french government demanding some sort of action. >
in the outskirts of yosemite national park is getting bigger by the hour. it's more than double in size. it's burning east of groveland and highway 120 has shut down. that's the main route linking the bay area to yosemite. last night, ktvu group took this dramatic video. they say the flames has burned 15 square miles. there's zero containment. at least two homes have been destroyed. 2500 more are threatened. >> the main fork of the river, clabe river, shortage of resources with the fires in california. >> it's not affecting the yosemite national park. a lot of tourists getting to the popular park, they are turning around and going back home. >>> how state crews are battling the fire. why some people feel california's current methods of firefighting may be outdated? >>> in the ktvu news website, we have dramatic videos of the huge fire near yosemite. go to ktvu.com. >>> it has new concerns whether pga has natural record on the natural gas pipelines. two judges say pga used inaccurate document toss declare major transmission lines in san carlos. when pga discovered the error, the judge says i
on the outxoifrts yosemite has more than trip reallied in size with 2500 buildings now threatened by those flames. christie is smith is live in san leandro with more on what happened. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the rim fire has literally exploded overnight. i had to check the numbers twice to make sure they were accurate. it jumped by 38,000 acres this morning since the last count yesterday but bay area firefighters, they continue to answer the call. this morning, the al meet da county fire department sent another strike team, made up of 22 firefighters, there are actually now three strike teams, two local and one office of emergency services strike team from the bay area helping out now. more than 1300 firefighters, now just 2% contained that's down from 5% earlier. it is a massive, smoky fire that's spreading to the southeast edge of highway 120 near yosemite and grove land. suppression is expected to improve with the help of military-type aircraft. it's also much cooler now, but the fire jumped at containment line near the firefighters' base camp. nine structures burned. the sher
:00 p.m. the rim fire near yosemite continues to explode in size. information on the homes threatened, the evacuations and the weather conditions. >> her husband is attacked with a pitch fork. >> he said he was going to kill him. >> the request of a neighbor sparked the attack. >> police armed from head to toe raided an apartment building, why they told the people to grab their things and clear out now. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 p.m. >> good evening. i am frank somerville. >> i am heather holmes. governor jerry brown declared state of emergency in the fight against the rim fire. the fire exploded over night. tripling in size as firefighters lost containment. the wildfire has been burning since saturday. near yosemite national park. here is the latest. the fire 53,000 acres. and tonight it is only 2% contained. it is 3 miles east of groveland along highway 120. >> this is a satellite image taken today of the area and just to the left there on the upper part of the screen you can see all of the smoke blowing. >> we have team
out of control in ten western states including one threatening california's yosemite national park. ♪ >>> former egyptian president hosni mubarak's months in prison are over. just minutes ago, a helicopter flew him from cairo's prison and here is the report from cairo. >> released from the prison after hours of legal procedure, hosni mubarak is released. the destination is very short down the road, the medical facility. he will remain under house arrest under the terms of the state of emergency decree issued by the government. his ban on leaving the country has also been reimposed. meanwhile, the trial for deaths in 2011 resumes. >> the allegation is that he will be tried through n three different cases and that movement is not just a revolution but a military coup. >> those who opposed him for decades will also appear. charged with inciting the violence in recent months. they accuse the morsi government of not being aggressive enough in taking action against mubarak, saying he must take responsibility for the release of the men he replaced. a prison cell but the circumstances ha
get 15 minutes to get away from a fire in yosemite. >>> we begin with a fire that's t trying up traffic. this is highway 4, west of martinez. the flames forced crews to shut down all eastbound lanes earlier. but as of right now, all but one of those lanes are now back open. highway 4, west of martinez. fire danger remains high here in the bay area, with more lightning strikes possible. let's bring in our chief meteorologist from our weather center with the details. >> we're tracking most of that lightning right now across the sierra and what we're going to see is potentially the threat of more of this lightning moving our way as we head throughout the next 24 hours. the storm system is positioned just offshore. as that kicks off to the north, it's going to bring up more of the humidity and that's why that red flag fire warning will stay in effect for tomorrow. here's the thing. already 114% increase in the acres burned this year, when you compare it to this time last year. 92,000 acres so far has burned in california. roughly equal to 70,769 football fields. yes, it's very dry.
near yosemite that jumped containment lines. the rim fire has been burning in the national forest for six days and only 5 percent contained. 16,000 acres are gone threatening 2,500 homes and hotels and camp buildings. highway 120 is still closed. abc7 news reporter katie marzullo says authorities issued new evacuation advisory. >> concord police say a distinctive armed robber struck again. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield is in concord with the story. >> good morning. the pet food express was hit last night. no one was hurt. the people in concord and communities are on edge. the ups store on clayton road was robbed so two stores hit in 30 minutes. the pet food express was robbed at 6:00 and ups store at 6:30. on saturday, clay court reports that two other robberies happened including at the beauty supply and the yogurt shack. the suspect is white man with a gray bushy mustache and dirty. he looks homeless. he is armed with a gun. >> clayton police officers are on edge. an officer drove threw the parking lot and said his town is worried and hoping the next target is not in clayton
weapons attack in syria, but opposition forces claim they have proof. >>> the yosemite fire triples in size. one of america's most popular national parks is in threat. >>> san diego's mayor may step down tomorrow. >>> and a sinkhole drains water right out of the bayou. now a lawsuit is in the works. ♪ >>> more international outrage tonight over allegations of chemical weapons attack in syria. now it is willing reported that not only were runs killed but emergency responders who helped the victims died too. here is what we know right now. president obama has directed the u.s. intelligence community to quickly gather information about the alleged use of chemical weapons. the u.s. state department says syrian rebels do not have the means for chemical war fair. but the government is denying it used any toxic weapons. we want to warn you the video we are about to show you is graphic. we cannot independently verify that -- john what are you hearing from the un. >> we are hearing from officials all over the world today. but all of them keen to couch their words very carefully because as
fire season in years, as the flames close in on yosemite. >>> and telling her story. an nbc news exclusive, kidnapping survivor hannah anderson sets the record straight for the first time since her harrowing ordeal. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams". >>> good evening, i'm lester holt in for brian. they are horrifying images that will instinctively make you want to look away, yet they can't be ignored. in a long war that's brought death and misery to both sides, the video evidence of what may have happened inside syria, a mass chemical will weapons attack, has shocked the world. hundreds, many children, are dead. tonight the claims of a chemical attack have still not been verified. from the syrian regimes, denials, which the obama white house which for a year has called the chemical weapons use in syria a red line is now being cautious as it calls for an investigation. you're about to see what the rebels say is the evidence, some of it very graphic. our chief foreign correspondent r
the bay area to yosemite. good evening everyone, i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. a wildfire burning east of groveland has closed east 20 the main road to yosemite park. we get the latest from ken wayne. he's live near the front lines in the stanislaus national forest where fire crews have their hands full tonight, ken. >> reporter: frank and julie, we have a front row seat to the power and devastation of this fire. that is still burning out of control just outside of yosemite national park: you look over my shoulder, the flames are burning about a half mile to 3/4 mile away from us. fires generally lay down at night and that has been happening here but every once in a while we'll see what is called torching where individual pine trees or groups of trees will suddenly burst into flames and believe it or not in the middle of all that flame, the orange area that you see on the side of that mountain lies highway 120 and that road of course is closed. we want to show you some pictures from earlier this evening. these photos were shot about an hour ago so the intensity of the fla
>>> new developments tonight as the forest fire near yosemite prompts evacuations. >> it looks like a massive cloud, but it is actually a cloud of smoke, thousands of miles just west of yosemite national park. we get the latest from ken wayne. he's been on the frontlines for two days now, and joins us from the command center along highway 120, which is still closed tonight between groveland and yosemite. >> reporter: there are now 1,080 firefighters from as far away as san diego and bend, oregon, working this fire. the day side crews are getting a meal. night side crews are out there on the fire lines, hoping to contain this fire, which is now just 5% contained. meantime, about 8 miles away, an advisory evacuation is underway in pine mountain lake. sheriffs deputies are going door-to-door, telling residents they should leave their homes, because the fire is getting dangerously close. deputies get their name so they'll know who to look for if the fire moves in. the fire's movement today proved to be very unpredictable. there were some tense moments at the fire command post, as heavy
, a fierce wildfire continues to rage out-of-control near yosemite national park and has jumped containment lines, the fire has been burning in the national forest for six days and only a percent contained. more than 16,000 acres are gone. the fire is threatening 2,500 homes and hotels and catch buildings. highway 120 is still closed. katie marzullo says authorities have ordered new evacuation advisories with an update in the next half hour. >> california fire resistant redwood trees may not be so fire resistant. they are vulnerable in areas where sudden oak death has killed off other trees. redwoods are not directly affected but the trees that are affected provide more fuel for wildfires causing them to burn hotter and the lack of shade from dead trees dries owe the forest making red woods more susceptible to flames. >> local executives are call on the governor to step in to help bart reach a deal. the coalition of businesses urged the governor to con season a bargaining session with the unions before the 60-day cooling-off period comes to an end in october. right now negotiations are on a
's most famous tourist spots. the fire has exploded across more than 16,000 acres near yosemite national park west side. it's 5% contained. hundreds of homes, hotels, campgrounds are in its path and this is just one of a dozen major fires burning across california. this is a bird's-eye view from a helicopter making a fire drop. >> reporter: we are right across the highway from the incident base command. and look at those flames shoot four, five, six stories high. let's listen to what that sounds like. [ sound of fire ] >> reporter: the roar of this fire is intense. more flames coming right here. firefighters here have no chance against these type of flames so most of the fighting is being done by air. >> right now, this fire is so large, the head is creating its own weather. >> reporter: people who have come for vacation have left. this is the yosemite inn family camp empty. those who live in the mountains are also under voluntary evacuation orders. a backyard turned giant burn zone. 300 more firefighters coming today, more than 1,000 total still no estimate for containment for the rim f
road into yosemite closing a four-mile stretch of it. the blaze is one of more than 50 major fires burning in several western states. this noaa animation shows the trail of smoke from the fires. the steep mountainous terrain is making it difficult for crews to get to the flames burning around yosemite. >> we can't put any boots on the ground in there. it's just too dangerous. >> reporter: that's forcing firefighters to attack the flames from above. but it's not enough. >> it's bad. i'm not going to kid anyone. it's a real bad fire. >> reporter: the wildfire is now just 2% contained. fire officials are worried it will be a long, tough fight. firefighters are really doing all they can to keep up. take a look at just the last 24 hours. there have been more than 4,000 lightning strikes sparking 45 new fires here in northern california. liz, allen? >> teresa, we're coming up on a labor day holiday. i know it's very busy this time of year up there. but the park itself, it's still open, right? >> reporter: well, amazingly at this point, allen, it is. you've got a lot of smoke that's been
underway. >> the is threatening at least 2500 homes near yosemite. it spread to 10,000 acres west of the park and destroyed seven buildings. >> despite having 700 firefighters trying to contain it, they cannot get uh hold of the fire. it is burning on steep terrain and firecrews are having trouble getting at it. residents and campers have been forced to get what they can and get out fast. >> i don't even know what to think. >> that is the veer ross tee of the flames -- that is the verocity of the flames. yosemite national park remains open. >>> three camps run by bay area cities have been affected. san francisco has been rerelocated and canceled a weekend event for teenagers. the family camp sent 80 students and staff home yesterday and another camp was evacuated this evening. campers and staff are expected to arrive back in berkeley any minute now. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. firefighters throughout the state are dealing with dry conditions and in the bay area we are experiencing it as well. >> sandhya patel is here with the details of a red flag warning in affect
at least 2500 homes near yosemite. it spread to 10,000 acres west of the park and destroyed seven buildings. >> despite having 700 firefighters trying to contain it, they cannot get uh hold of the fire. it is burning on steep terrain and firecrews are having trouble getting at it. residents and campers have been forced to get what they can and get out fast. >> i don't even know what to think. >> that is the veer ross tee of the flames -- that is the verocity of the flames. yosemite national park remains open. >>> three camps run by bay area cities have been affected. san francisco has been rerelocated and canceled a weekend event for teenagers. the family camp sent 80 students and staff home yesterday and another camp was evacuated this evening. campers and staff are expected to arrive back in berkeley any minute now. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. firefighters throughout the state are dealing with dry conditions and in the bay area we are experiencing it as well. >> sandhya patel is here with the details of a red flag warning in affect. >> dan, the fire danger remains high in
with dry lightning. live near martinez. >>> a huge wildfire on the outskirts of yosemite of national park has doubled in size and doubling every hour. it forced the highway 120. you don't news crew took this dramatic video on the fire lines last night and the u.s. forest service said it surged to 15 square miles with zero percent containment and it burned at least two home and threatening 2200 others. >> it's kind of like turn over to god deal. you're totally helpless. >> my daughter has a home up there. reportedly her place burned up. >> fire is not affecting yosemite park itself. but many tourists are turning around and going back home. >>> people from the bay area that are enjoying a late summer vacation are back home as well. 200 seniors left san francisco's camp m atm . a falling tree killed a young counselor from the same camp last month. the 21-year-old womans with a student at uc santa cruz. >>> air national guardsman from the bay area are helping on the fire lines at yosemite. they left the field to join the growing fire fighting effort. >>> we have new video from the sit-in at
minutes. >> the latest now with the massive wildfire burning near yosemite national park which has grown by thousands of acres but firefighters are finally making headway. abc7 news reporter katie marzullo is in the newsroom. the bay area crews are there. >> i talked with the battalion chief from oakland and they have an engine and a four-person crew at the rim party part of a five engine team from the bay area doing structure protection right now. right now, new members on the fire, it has burned 16,000 acres and is 5 percent contained. >> the flames are so large, creating so were smoke, a news helicopter kept its distance this morning capturing only the hazy sky. on the ground, the fire is fierce, and highway 120 is shut down in both directions, blocking traffic in and out of row cement's west side. for one woman that means not knowing if her home is still standing. >> we have been up there for 15 or 18 years and we just had a family reunion up there, the first weekend of august with 60 people up there. >> the rim fire destroyed two homes and seven other buildings and the forest servic
to makeup for lost ground. the fire near yosemite ballooned from 16,000 acres to nearly 54,000. and containment switched from 5% to just 2%. >> hoping for variable conditions. a red flag warning. today it's been lifted. >> one of the areas giving them trouble is hardy flats. the air yil assault. and winding dry force lands. >> it's one of the main ways for the fire. it saved a camp for special needs kids. >> just coming through here and drops it's i guess 14,000 gallons of retardant. but a good hit in the fire. put the rest out. just saved our live. >> the crews down below are working on anqn÷ fire break andn a fire to slow flames once the  and a chal dwrompk stay ahead of the fire. >> you heard about the tankers. >> it led to evacuations. mostly in the gated summer community of pine mountain lake. firefighters have done a good job of keeping structures lost to just nine f they can stay to protectiç[ç homes they will. >> you're going to be updating. >> so some residents are nervous they check out where the blaze is going and how far from homes. most have evacuate bud so
. yosemite park. this is the screen on the ground. the ancient sequoias, fire trucks rushing through valleys of fire and just listen tonight. the sound of that wildfire raging out of control, hundreds of firefighters now deployed. new evacuations under way. that fire one of at least 50 burning in the west tonight. where yosemite is declaring a state of emergency. neal karlinsky is on the front lines for us and he leads us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening from the south side of this fire. these are not clouds behind me. this is smoke. you can get a sense of the scope and size of this fire. the plume shooting up there and the fire builds up and gets smaller again. as the fire is fought mainly by the air. at the yosemite rose bed and breakfast built for the thousands who flock to its untouched beauty each year, they're making their last stand. the fire is coming over the hill straight at them and the owner in his bulldozer is making plans with the fire team. >> give me the signal and i can make lapse around the house without a problem. >> reporter: just down the road this ma
of life. >>> and yosemite seniors camping at the park forced to evacuate. look at 'em. living on cloud nine with that u-verse wireless receiver. you see in my day, when my mom was repainting the house, you couldn't just set up a tv in the basement. i mean, come on! nope. we could only watch tv in the rooms that had a tv outlet. yeah if we wanted to watch tv someplace else, we'd have to go to my aunt sally's. have you ever sat on a plastic covered couch? [ kids cheering ] you're missing a good game over here. those kids wouldn't have lasted one day in our shoes. [ male announcer ] switch and add a wireless receiver. get u-verse tv for $19 a month for 2 years with qualifying bundles rethink possible. >>> police are calling it a random shooting. one man killed, two others wounded. inside a bar and restaurant in the south bay. the gunman for some unknown reason opened fire outside the vietnamese restaurant striking those three patrons. >>> we get new information on the deadly shooting. anne rubin is live tonight in san jose, anne. >> reporter: well police say they have few leads as to how
-rise and it is looking clear into foster city. eric? >> vetoing news, an out of control fire at yosemite is threatening 2,500 homes and forced evacuations, highway 120, a main route in the park, is closed in both directions and campgrounds are under evacuation order including a camp that was hosted a special week for 200 senior citizens. the camp is owned and operated by the city of san francisco. the rim fire has destroyed at least 10,000 acres and is zero percent contained. katie marzullo will have an update in the next half hour. >> fire officials are asking the public to do its part in preventing potentially devastating fires. they are concerned of our dry weather and lightning from the past couple of days. amy? >> there is a red-flag alert up here in the north bay. look how dry it is. we found crispy grass along highway 101 in san rafael and this is why you being asked to get brush away from the home. this dry grass is what has firefighters nervous. residents in the east bay learned yesterday how quickly fire can take off. a grass fire started at camp parks in dublin, a smoke grenade used in a train
with breaking news updates on twitter@abcnewsbayarea. now, out of control wildfire near yosemite is threatening 2,500 homes and forcing evacuations and highway 120, a main road in the park, is closed in both directions. the rim fire destroyed 10,000 acres and 30 percent contained. campgrounds are under evacuationation orders including where there is a special week hosted for 200 senior citizens. the camp is owned and operated by the city of san francisco and abc7 news reporter katie marzullo has an update next half hour. >> closer to home a red flag warning is in effect for the north bay. fire officials are asking the public to do their part to prevent potentially devastating fires. amy hollyfield joins us from the north bay to explain. >> check out this spot of dry grass we found in san rafael, right alongside highway 101 a lot of fuel is out there like this and this is why firefighters ask you have 100' of defensible space around your home. residents saw how quickly a fire can take off when this broke out yesterday at camp park this dublin. this started when a smoke grenade was used during a
on the fire near yosemite. a birdseye view of a fire that is very hard to fight. good evening. i'm dan ashley. that fire is raging out of control fare a fifth straight day and it's only getting bigger tonight. at this moment the fire has grown to more than 25 square miles and is only 5% contained. >> fire over there, there's fire here. >> reporter: right in the middle of these two coming together. >> the fire has forced the closure of highway 120 for a four-mile stretch, blocking traffic innd out of yosemite's west side. that net miranda has more from the fire lines tonight. >> i'm concerned about that. it wasn't like that. >> reporter: with winds suddenly so strong kathy bryant and her family don't know what to do. the rim fire near yosemite national park is behaving erratically. residents could be safe one minute but not the next. in fact, heavy gusts pushed 50 to 100-foot flames across an incident command post, forcing crews themselves to evacuate. the bryants are all packed up just in case. should they go about their business? or hang out at their house? >> we're afraid to leave and go to
out of control near yosemite. you can see what it looks like to fly a plane at the flames here. incredible stuff. this video from one of the pilots making a water drop up there in the sierra. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in our newsroom keeping track of that rim fire. >> reporter: the rim fire is still spreading in multiple directions and as it continues to grow, so does the concern for firefighters. and that's because you can see some of these flames. we know that some of them are about 6 stories high and right now hundreds of firefighters are work around the clock to keep it from spreading. the rim fire has expanded across 16,000 acres near yosemite's west side. and right now it's about 5% contained and threatening hundreds of homes, hotels and campgrounds. we know that firefighters are working the best they can from the ground. but most of the fight is being done by air. about a dozen helicopters and planes are attacking this fire from the air. the fire's unpredictable behavior has neighbors on edge. >> i think i'm still in a little bit of shock. but i'll be balling my e
, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. time now 6:00. >>> a wildfire still growing right now near yosemite. conditions are making it impossible for firefighters to get the upper hand. >> bradley manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information and now is writing to the president to explain why he gave out top secret documents and also says he is going to live the rest of his life as a woman. >>> this is newly released video from social media sites of reported shelling today in damascus. it comes as france's foreign minister is raising the possibility of using force in syria if it's proven that the government used chemical weapons to kill civilians. >>> time for traffic and weather now. liz, first turn is yours. >> okay. thank you. let's go towards brisbane. we have better news now. this accident cleared out. all lanes are open so no longer much of a delay on southbound 101 approaching sierra point parkway. had been blocking lanes for at least a half hour or more. also, bart is recovering slowly. there was an equipment problem on the pittsburg-bay point line. r
down the road into yosemite. about 450 firefighters are trying to get it under control on the grounds]t- air. it's still not contained and it's spreading through steep terrain. the fire destroyed two homes and threatening 2500 more. it's also impacted three bay area camps outside of yosemite national park. one camp evacuated00 senior citizens and 30 staff members today, san jose family camp removed students and staff yesterday z berkeley's camp is on alert right now. >> a lot of people are responding to this blaze. firefighters from alameda county heading to yosemite to help feel deel with that fire. the fire department tweeted these photos of the team heading to get to work there this afternoon. >> stintson beach is now closed through saturday following a great white shark like this one a marine mammal center says the shark may have been drawn by blood from a young whale that died yesterday morning. that whale has since been buried in the sand. biologists are hoping to learn how it died. >> we want to show you this image of a kayaker's close encounter with a whale in monterey bay. ta
had come with us. >>> a huge sierra wildfire outside of yosemite. it's getting bigger by the hour. it's more than doubled in size. it's burning east of groveland and highway 120 has within -- has been shut down. that's the main route connecting the bay area to yosemite. look at this dramatic video. the forest service says the fire has burned more than 15 square miles. it's 0% contained. it's threatening 25 homes. tara moriarty has new information and new video and tara will bring us the update at 7:30. our ktvu news website has a slide show of this big fire near yosemite. check it out. go to ktvu.com. >>> there is still a big fire danger here at home. firefighters across the bay area remain on high alert this morning. ktvu's katie utehs joins us live from contra costa county where the threat of lightning is still creating a dangerous situation. good morning, katie. >> reporter: good morning. we've been battling the wind here. it's whipping my hair around. there's also high fire danger because of the dry hills behind me, they are just golden and hills are particularly dangerous as well
aboard. >>> good morning, america. and breaking overnight. >> whoa. >> yosemite on fire. our reporter, just outside the national park, there on the fireline. remarkable shots from the air. more than 19,000+v0y firefighten more than 10 states across the west, battling these flames right now. >>> i consider myself a survivor. my mom raisedq= me to be stron. >> also breaking, hannah anderson speaks out. the 16-year-old revealing for the first time what really happened when she was abducted. and theit' shocking allegation from her kidnapper's sister. >>> what do i need to do in order to not circumvent anything, follow the law. >> caught on tape. the rising political star, pressing police to let his niece out of jail. he says, he was just helping out a relative in trouble. the surprising reaction from the cops. was his call for freedom an abuse of power? ♪ i'm on top of the world >>> just plane crazy. look at this. yep. that's two 9-year-old girls standing on two planes, flying at 100 miles per hour, right into the record books. >>> and a very good morning to you, america. we do have so
do know is. the wildfire is less than 7- miles from yosemite national communities. >> pam: kron 4's charles clifford is explain exactly where this is all happening. charles? >> reporter:we'll continue to monitor the fire near yosemite. >> reporter:high fire danger remains a problem in the bay area this evening. in the north bay. for the latest -- on the local threat. i'm here in the kron4 meteorologist jacqueline >> reporter: the west of the fire is the town of growth and evacuations are in place for all over the advisory's near downtown growth plan. most of this has had mandatory e evacuation's. there is one to the north of sonora and another to the south of creeley. in the news room charles clifford kron 4 news. >> pam: take a look at the dry bush on the north bay is not just the north bay dealing with the dry bush. >> gary: conditions are improving slightly it has not moved to the north of us yet. we are seeing a lot of lightning strikes, but they are mainly over the sierra. as we take a look at satellite repair this afternoon you concede thunderstorms developing over here for ot
california with a red flag warning extended through tomorrow morning. the rim fire near yosemite has burned 15 skiers miles and the american fire in placer county is even bigger. >>> in east palo alto police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened around 10:00 last night. police responded to reports of gunshots and found a man wounded in a parked car. the victim was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. >>> let's check traffic and weather. here's lawrence. >> still some unsettled weather around the bay area. fire danger still high. our hi-def doppler radar -- [ no microphone ] >> i know. excuse me, elizabeth. >> okay. it's okay. i hear ladies first, lawrence. we'll talk to you a little later. >> i'm so rude. [ laughter ] >>> on the maps, let's talk about what's going on. we have emergency road repair. it's going on in san jose. the connector ramps remain shut down northbound 280 to northbound 880 and southbound highway 17. that should be wrapping up within the next hour. fortunately so far we have not seen any big delays. but maybe just a few brake lights now forming as you h
top stories we are following hoss on this thursday august 22nd. a wildfire raging near yosemite national park continues to threaten thousands of buildings this morning. thought containment. we are now just six days away from the bay bridge closure. and caltrans has released a his new animation that will show you exactly what your drive will look like going over the new span. and a warning from police this morning. thieves are posing as p-g-and-e workers in order to get into your home. we'll tell you what to look out for. good morning everyone and thanks for joining us on this thursday august 22nd. i'm james fletcher. topping our news this morning. the wildfire burning near yosemite continues to threaten 25-hundred homes. the "rim fire" is essentially burning out of control. firefighters have only been able to contain about five- percent of it. so far, it has burned more than 25-square miles in the stanislaus national forest. the area is fairly remote, but it has led to the evacuation of thousands of people from campgrounds and private homes. the bay area is just six days away fr
and forcing evacuations near yosemite. >> weather, traffic, erica? >> good morning. temperatures are cooler. it is not muggy just a bit overcast. climbing into the 70's with 80s inland with the increase in fire danger. george? >> good morning, there are no hot spots but we could see if we could recover from a vehicle that was stalled. it is impacting steady metering lights but the 880 is backed up westbound. 18- 22 minutes, slow or. stalled has been cleared. however, for the san mateo bridge and highway 92 snoozed. delay- free and incident-free. and also, the golden gate is without fog. >> east palo alto are investigating a shooting on the street of emmet way. the teenager was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. they have not provided a suspect or motive. >> this live look at this shooting out of the senior assisted living center. will tran. >> reporter: the suspect was shot by a security guard, not a police officer. this was near the almaden expressway around 1:30 he was here to visit his father. there were 4 suspects there were trying to break into the cars of the parking lot. . the
a wildfire in the outskirts of yosemite national park. started on saturday and destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of buck meadows. it has grown to 15 square miles forcing the closure of highway 120 on the west side of the park. there is zero percent containment. firefighters are dealing with steep rugged terrain. the american fire has scorched nearly 15,000 acres just northeast of forest hill. nearly 2,000 firefighters are on the front lines. have it about half contained. some of the areas have not burned in more than a century. there is plenty of fuel in that area. evacuation orders and warnings are lifted for people in butte county. earlier many of their homes had been threatened by the swedes fire. firefighters have that 75% contained. new details as we count down to the closure of the bay bridge one week from tomorrow. the temporary shims on the bay bridge are now in place. designed to improve stability in an earthquake. cate caugurian was on the new span today to get a look at the job ahead to crews rushing to finish that bridge. >> this is it. the new eastern span of the bay
. >>> a wildfire raging on the outskirts of yosemite has forced crews to smut down a main road. highway 120 closed in both directions blocking traffic in on out of yosemite on the westside but the park is opened. the us forest service says the fire grew to some 15 square miles and 2500 structures are threatened. the fire broke out on saturday. so far fliems have destroyed two homes. the fire forced a few dozen people to leave the small community of buck meadows as well as the san jose family camp run by the city. that camp we're told has not been damaged. >>> our other headlines, a crime 13r50e that 1357bs decades but the verdict came down today. guilty on all counts. a marin county jury convicted 79-year-old jonah -- joe. receive naso. >> the marin county injure deliberated and found him guilty open four counts offer first-degree murder as well as specialer circumstances. naso decided to acts as his own attorney. the jury during deliberations were pardon me, during the closing arguments saw him smiling and wearing a suit at times. and other times, acting bizarrely in court. it was very different
yosemite and deer valley. now working its way up into donner summit. looks like they'll stay north tonight but there's a shot tomorrow night. everyone tonight one could drift over the valley. right here in effect in the northern counties of northern california. showers still in the tip of everyone's tongues. we will talk more about the lightning storms because they're not out of the question. >> we'll tee you then, thank you bill. >>> john sasaki continues our live team coverage now in marin county where firefighters are on alert, john. >> reporter: frank here in marin, fire is a constant threat this time of year and possible lightning strikes just add anxiety. >> it's very, very scary. >> reporter: in the hills of mill valley, the real estate is expensive and the fire risks are high. >> the rule for my family is don't get in a car, get on a bike and go. >> our backpacks are all packed. >> reporter: in the east bay a fire just this afternoon spread quickly across dry grass and brush in dublin. >> we're still in red flag conditions as this cut off low circulates out there in the pacific. >>
and accredited. >>> fire crews continue battle the destruct destructive fire near yosemite park. the blaze has burned more than 10, 000 acres and there is zero percent containment. communities and camps in the area have been evacuated. yosemite park is still opened though, it is unclear of what caused the fire. >>> we are not out of the woods in terms of the thunderstorms and lightning strikes. showing lightning strikes up in nevada. we still have the area of low pressure to deal with that's sitting offshores. you can see a lot of the activities missing us to the east right now. the core is down to the south. it is going to start to track to the northeast as we head into tomorrow and it is going to go right over the north bay so we still have a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow morning and we'll talk more about that and high fire danger, coming up in just a little bit. >>> urging the fda to end the policy which prohibits gay men from donating blood. lou's petition is posted on chain. org. last month, mary low held a blod drive and he was turned away because of his ornamentation. preventing all
$1 billion. near yosemite in california, crews are fighting four big fires. wind and lightning strikes added to the problem. >>> the city of detroit can't catch a break, firefighters trying to fight a business yard blaze. the fire destroyed everything in the yard. it still has not been contained as of last night. >>> now for a look at the weather, bill karins, good morning to you. how's it look in the west? >> enough fires. nothing much has changed. the weather pattern pretty much status quo. it's a good time to see where we are this year climatewise. this is all for the lower 48. normally we should be around 1,200 tornados. we've only had 716. it's actually a pretty significant near record low pace. we've only had $1 billion weather disaster so far, the moore, oklahoma, tornado. still the rest of the hurricane season to go through, but a much slower pace than the last two years. also hurricane season off to a slow start in the atlantic basin. first storm is typically august 10th and we haven't had one yetd. phoenix 111, hot, 96 there in boise. still cooler there in northern id
will close yosemite and crews are working hard to prevent that from happening. >> thank you very much. jand pattem is here with a look at weather conditions. >> that is right no. lightning strikes here in the bay area but we're tracking thousands of strikes so far more than 3,000 just in the sierra nevada you can see coverage there is starting to let up a little bit. we're watching conditions near the rim fire. humidity now is 23%. winds to four near groveland which where that fire is burning but winds may be more gusty and of course, krirs -- fires create their own winds. it's going to remain warm and dry there. red flag warning until tonight at 11:00 p.m. also an air quality warning until noon due to smoky conditions there. we still have a slim chance of seeing a thunderstorm or two. the weekend forecast is coming up. >> thank you. >> a run away car started a house fire in oakland hills about noon today. the woman driving said she couldn't stop, and wound up plowing into the garage of the handsome drive home. the car took out a gas meter sparking a natural gas fire. she got out okay neigh
that will come when crossing the new bay bridge. >> a wildfirerowi sll near yosemite. the conditions making it impossible for firefighters to get the upper hand. >> and more shocking images out of syria. the evidence opposition leaders say proves the government is using a horrific kind of weapon. >>> crews are working around the clock to put the finishing touches on the new bay bridge. but when it finally opens, will you be ready? what the new commute will look like, and why caltrans is warning it could be a distraction at first. >> i just want to remind everyone that we are one week away from the bay bridge closing. so one week from today, august 28th, at 8:00 pm, the full bridge will be closed. >> reporter: when the span reopens, a ride will look something like this. >> you are going to see the tower and the cables. and you will get these great views of the east bay. but we do ask that drivers leave the gawking to their passengers. >> reporter: one thing drivers won't be seeing is the spreaded temporary s-- dreaded temporary s-curve that slowed rush hour traffic down to 35 miles per hour
immediately. follow us at abc7 news bay area. moving on, a massive wildfire near yosemite national park has forced county leaders there to ask the governor to dough -- to declare a state of emergency. a new round of evacuations was ordered as the fire jumped the containment line. there is a big dump from a fixed wing tanker plane dumping flame retardant. the stanislaus national forest. strong winds are pushing the flames in every direction and residents are understandably nervous. >> i am a little concerned. >> there is no safety zone to escape it if the fire were to turn at him. we lost 19 in arizona and we will not let that happen again god willing. >> flames destroyed nine buildings since the fire started. the crews are expected to take two weeks to get this under control. meteorologist sandhya patel is here near yosemite. sandhya? >> dan, it is just off the bay area coastline. let's check out live doppler 7hd and let's talk about the lightning strikes showing up off the coast. as you look here in the last couple minutes, we are seeing a few strikes just west of the cloverdale area. it i
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